Some like it hot… but don’t let the sun ruin your hair

We’re looking forward to warmer weather and holidays in the sun (fingers crossed) and hope you are too. But in the excitement of planning to get outside, don’t forget to step up your summer haircare routine. We love the sun, but our hair really doesn’t.

Why those rays will wreck your hair

The sun will very quickly alter the structure of hair, making it weaker, much drier and far more prone to breakage and split ends as it becomes less elastic. And just as the sun can burn our skin, it can also burn our hair – but we don’t think about it because we can’t feel it in the same way.

Colored hair will fade in the sun while hair that isn’t colored may become lighter – but this is just another sign that your hair is being damaged by UV rays, so try not to be tempted by the idea of ‘natural highlights’. Professional color is far kinder to your tresses.

Don’t forget your scalp

And of course, the sun can burn the skin on our scalp leaving it sore and red just like the skin on the rest of our body.

We advise wearing a hat to protect your scalp if you can. If you have thinning hair or a receding hairline, then remember to apply your sunscreen over the exposed part of your head and also along your parting line.

It’s not all bad…

More sun means more vitamin D is absorbed by the skin which is good for us and can give our hair cells a healthy boost. Plus sunny weather and a relaxing break is good for de-stressing – which will also contribute to healthier hair.

How to protect and care for your hair in summer

Here’s our seven-point plan for sun-sational summer hair:

[1] Switch to a hydrating shampoo and conditioner for the summer months. We recommend our KEVIN.MURPHY HYDRATE.ME WASH and HYDRATE.ME RINSE or our Eleven Hydrate My Hair Shampoo and Hydrate My Hair Conditioner.

[2] If your icy blonde is looking a little ‘brassy’ after being in the sun, grab a bottle of our KEVIN.MURPHY BLONDE.ANGEL treatment to remove the brassiness and yellow-tones.

[3] In the same way as you apply sunscreen to protect your skin from damaging UV rays use a sun protector for your hair. Our KEVIN.MURPHY UN.TANGLED leave-in treatment has kakadu plum that shields hair from damage caused by hot tools and the sun.

[4] Hats are underrated! When out in the sun wear a hat or scarf – it’s a simple but very effective way to protect your hair.

[5] Book in for a regular cut or trim during the summer – it’s the best way to banish those dry and split ends.

[6] Deep conditioning treatments are king when it comes to summer hair. Treat yourself to an in-salon professional hydrating and repairing treatment – your stylist will recommend the right one for your hair. They will also advise you on which home-use self-care treatments will be best for you.

[7] Finally, it’s especially important in the summer to go easy on heated styling tools Try turning the temperature down a notch or two and always use a thermal protectant. And, when you can, air dry your hair naturally after washing if possible.

 

Plan ahead: book your pre-holiday appointments

Remember: book your pre-holiday color appointment for three to four weeks before you go away and also reserve a slot for when you return. Let your stylist know you’re going away so they can make any necessary adjustments to the treatment and recommend suitable products to keep your holiday hair in tip-top condition while you’re soaking up the sun.

Trends from KEVIN MURPHY and M/FW We’ll See Throughout 2022

M/FW

2022 will be all about ditching your loungewear and actually getting dressed again. 

From wardrobe to makeup and hair, Melbourne Fashion Week 2021 proved that we’re all looking forward to bright colors and a shining future in 2022. Borrowing from 2010 silhouettes, we’ll see a range of tones from bold to pastel, oversized blazers continuing to make statements, knit dresses and minis galore alongside the addition of shimmer in the form of sequins and creative embellishment.

As the official hair partner of Melbourne Fashion Week, KEVIN.MURPHY is at the helm of creating some of the top hair trends we’ll see for the upcoming seasons.

Throughout the shows this year, irregular waves and undone finishes took over with accent braids and scarves doubling as hair accessories. Take a peek at some of the top hair trends from the shows and see which ones will stick around well into 2022!

Major Trends From Melbourne Fashion Week

Wispies

M/FW

Hair tendrils were a huge trend in the 2010s — the upgraded take on the look comes in the form of hair wisps this season. Pulling sweeping pieces of hair down around the face frame allows the wearer to have a little fun and accentuate features with a soft silhouette. Seen at the Secret Garden Runway, the KEVIN.MURPHY hair team created a deliberate hair wisp to accentuate the styles seen in this botanical oasis.

To get the look, hair was prepped with ANTI.GRAVITY from new growth to tips. Then, a curling iron was used to create positive and negative waves for the softest of finishes. To finish, SESSION.SPRAY + SESSION.SPRAY FLEX was applied to create an effortless “wind in the hair” feeling.

Bold Shapes

M/FW

Whether looking to accentuate an outfit or experiment with your go-to style, we’ll see bold statements take shape this season. The addition of bright colors, otherworldly shapes and style-specific accents took place at the Art X Fashion runway, paving the way for hair inspiration in 2022.

Take your style outside of the box with a contemporary shape this season by prepping hair with ANTI.GRAVITY.SPRAY, then split the hair and secure at either the crown or the nape and finish with SESSION.SPRAY for expert hold.

Restrained Elegance

M/FW

Slicked back styles and looks wavering on “wet” finishes were seen throughout the 2021 shows. An ideal silhouette to adopt as we head into the warmer months to pair with bright tones and cutout designs.

Taking guidance from the Student Collections Runway, the natural texture was stretched or reworked with a curling iron to form a soft slicked look. Once hair is refined, you’ll begin molding it into shape by laminating with LEAVE-IN.REPAIR, scraping hair back with a TEXTURE.COMB and then setting the look section by section with SESSION.SPRAY for a tight, silhouette and high shine finish.

Undone Side Parts

M/FW

Many of us will be working with our natural texture for the upcoming season. In order to refine the look, it will be key to create a deliberate part to turn undone finishes into highly stylized looks with ease.

Swift side parts and deliberate coifs created a balance of restraint and release at the Underground Runway show. The look was created by working with natural texture and applying SESSION.SPRAY and heat from a blow dryer to mold that hair away from the face and create lines along the crest of the head. For a refining look, consider applying YOUNG.AGAIN DRY CONDITIONER to get the look on long hair or SESSION.SPRAY on shorter lengths and then finish with SHIMMER.ME BLONDE to create high shine texture.

Kevin Murphy 2021 Holiday Kits Now Available at Salon Khouri

For a LIMITED TIME, order one of these amazing Kevin Murphy Holiday 2021 Kits from Salon Khouri, with free local delivery to Brambleton, Aldie, South Riding, and Stone Ridge, or free curbside pickup. And, anyone who purchases before November 10th will be added into a drawing to win a $150 Salon Khouri Gift Card!

Whether you’re spending this year on the beach or cozied up by the fire – everyone can agree that the holiday season should be highly decadent and effortlessly indulgent. With individualized ways to treat loved ones and cross must-haves off your own wish list, KEVIN.MURPHY is ringing in the holidays with six fresh gift sets that prove romance is still very much alive. If you’ve been searching for the perfect blend of sweet and sexy, take a peek at our Holiday 2021 releases that are very much KEVIN.MURPHY approved. #KMHOLIDAY2021

ANGELS HAVE WINGS

Turning heads has never been easier…

Curated For:

Fine, damaged or colour-treated hair in need of a little salvation.

What’s Included:

ANGEL.WASH – Transform, fine fragile hair by adding body and bounce.

ANGEL.RINSE – Nourish strands and treat damage with this weightless antioxidant-rich formula.

DOO.OVER – Dry powder finishing spray.

 

GLOW UP

Put some glow into your step…

Curated For: 

Anyone looking to plump things up in all the right places.

What’s Included:

HYDRATE-ME.WASH – Cleanse and quench parched hair with Kakadu Plum and Shea Butter.

HYDRATE-ME.RINSE – Provide luxurious moisture and impart endless shine with this hydrating and smoothing conditioner.

SHIMMER.SHINE – Lightweight finishing mist, with light reflective technology from high-end skincare, adds brilliant shine to the hair with no oily residue or added weight.

TENDER LOVE CARE

Put a little love in your hair…

Curated For: 

Anyone looking to plump things up in all the right places.

What’s Included:

PLUMPING.WASH – Build strength and add density while revitalising the scalp.

PLUMPING.RINSE – Condition strands, add volume and restore ageing hair.

TENDER.LOVE.CARE Hand Creme – Aromatic and nourishing, limited-edition hand creme.

 

ONCE UPON A BLONDE

Live your best blonde life…

Curated for: 

Refreshing blonde or banishing brass from lightened hair or naturally grey tones.

What’s Included:

BLONDE.ANGEL.WASH – Lavender-hued shampoo to revive colour and counteract unwanted tones.

BLONDE.ANGEL – A treatment designed to restore colour and revitalise hair to its optimum lustre.

FRESH.HAIR – Extend the life of your style and boost texture with this cult-favourite dry shampoo.

 

TANGLE ME NOT

Untagle yourself out of every situation…

Curated For:

Hair in need of renewal and repair, and clients in need of a little getaway.

What’s Included:

REPAIR-ME.WASH – Reconstruct dry, damaged strands and revamp frizzy, over-processed hair.

REPAIR-ME.RINSE – Deeply nourish and strengthen with Shea Butter and Pineapple Enzymes.

UN.TANGLED – No need to tearfully tear those tangles away – allow UN.TANGLED to do all the hard work for you.

Trending Hairstyles: Natural Movement

 

Whether working with natural texture patterns or recreating them with styling techniques, in addition to embracing individual texture, we’re seeing a polished styling trend that is leaning toward natural movement in all shapes and forms. From less deliberate curls to randomized wave patterns and a variety of patterns, this takes undone movement to the next level.

Where You Can Spot The Movement:

Drawing on the natural progression of the styles seen around the world, you can easily see natural movement in all its glory in our 2021 LOOK.BOOK. Highlighting the latest product picks, color trends and styles featured in our most-loved campaigns. One of our latest features, VELVET.FLORA was inspired by the opulence of 19th-century romance and glamour, shapes are refined yet wild, polished yet natural, and inexplicably individualized. Adding to this, the influence of fashion and nature built into the brand ethos are also echoed in the trend.

How To Create the Look:

It isn’t just about utilizing a single technique, it is about mixing them to create a more unplanned feel. “Movement that appears natural can be very hard to achieve, and even harder to maintain. It’s not as simple as just leaving your hair to air dry. Great looking natural hair always comes down to your product choice.” — Kevin Murphy

Each look has a beginning, middle, and end. To begin, you start by improving the health of the hair so that whether you’re working with natural air-dried texture, heat-styled, or a combination of the two, you’re able to begin with the best possible canvas. Regular use of a WASH and RINSE system like HYDRATE-ME.WASH + RINSE, which adds moisture and nourishment to the hair is ideal.

The middle is then all about product combinations and layering at the right times throughout styling to get the desired effect. For example, if you want to create curly texture but with more drawn-out shapes you’ll need a product that refines the shape but with a degree of style ability to reshape the structure. Depending on your hair pattern type either reach for MOTION.LOTION to deliver flexible, frizz-free hold or KILLER.CURLS to define curls and help strengthen and smooth strands.

The end is where the finishing touches come into play. No matter the look, applying texturizing, shine, or holding agents to the hair takes the style to the next level — from separating curls to highlighting shapes or creating style memory. A few of our favorites to finish include DOO.OVER for fresh texture, SHIMMER.SHINE for shine and the iconic SESSION.SPRAY for long-lasting style memory with a flexible finish that never flakes.

Making It Your Own:

People always want what they can’t have and in this instance, your natural texture can be exactly what sets you apart from others. This movement is all about creating a style that draws on your individual texture and makes it your own. There are no set rules about the type of curls to create, how to part your hair, or what products to use. It is more about picking a style that suits you, is fairly easy to create, and makes you feel like your most authentic self.

Keep your life colorful between appointments

Don’t fade away! There’s plenty you can do to keep your color fresh and vibrant until you’re back in the salon again!

Some like it hot…

But your colored hair won’t. Always use lukewarm water when rinsing it through – anything hotter may leave your hair dry and dull. And always go for sulfate-free shampoos which are less drying.

Hairdryer heat is another enemy of colored hair. When possible, let it dry naturally.

We’ve some brilliant at-home products to help protect your hair when washing. We love everything KEVIN.MURPHY!

And to make it look great even without the help of a hairdryer try our KEVIN.MURPHY HAIR.RESORT.

We also have a heat protectant HEATED.DEFENSE for those days when you just have to use a hairdryer.

Keep in trim…

A simple trim and tidy-up between color appointments will keep your hair in tip-top condition (and you looking amazing) and will give the best possible results when you next have it colored.

Book for a quick trim now if you’re between color appointments. Just call us, 703.273.7878 or text us at 703.776.9858.

Blonde ambition…

Ditch the dull and brassy and keep the fabulous with some of our home-use color revival products designed specifically for between salon visits. Ask us about our KEVIN.MURPHY BLONDE Regimen.

Don’t use them straight away between salon visits, only when the brassiness starts to appear and limit to once a week or as needed.

We also have revival products for brunettes and redheads including KEVIN.MURPHY AUTUMN.ANGEL.

Get back to your roots…

Don’t despair when your roots start coming through. You can try root touch-up pens that won’t damage your hair and wash out with one shampoo.

We’re really happy to give advice about rescuing your roots between color appointments. You could also try our WOW Color Root Cover Up.

Throw on a hat…

Love the sun? We do too – but your colored hair won’t.

Sunlight can cause the color to fade. Protect your hair (and your skin) from those damaging UVA rays with a wide-brimmed sunhat when you’re out and about.

Book your color consultation today

Why not book a free consultation with one of our hair color experts for advice and recommendations? Call 703.273.7878 or text us at 703.776.9858. Browse our color services and price list here.

Kevin Murphy 2020 Holiday Kits Now Available at Salon Khouri

For a LIMITED TIME, order one of these amazing Kevin Murphy Holiday 2020 Kits from Salon Khouri, with free local delivery to Brambleton, Aldie, South Riding, and Stone Ridge, or free curbside pickup.

 

Tis’ the season for a little romance and plenty of gifts worth giving — and receiving.

Whether you’re spending this year on the beach or cozied up by the fire – everyone can agree that the holiday season should be highly decadent and effortlessly indulgent. With individualized ways to treat loved ones and cross must-haves off your own wish list, KEVIN.MURPHY is ringing in the holidays with six fresh gift sets that prove romance is still very much alive. If you’ve been searching for the perfect blend of sweet and sexy, take a peek at our Holiday 2020 releases that are very much KEVIN.MURPHY approved. #KMHOLIDAY2020

SHINE BRIGHT

With healthy, hydrated hair, no one will be able to dull your shimmer this season…

Fresh Blonde Kit

Curated For:

All hair types looking to stave off the effects of dry or dehydrated strands and add a heavy dose of moisture.

What’s Included:

HYDRATE-ME.WASH – Cleanse and quench parched hair with Kakadu Plum and Shea Butter.

HYDRATE-ME.RINSE – Provide luxurious moisture and impart endless shine with this hydrating and smoothing conditioner.

YOUNG.AGAIN – A weightless leave-in treatment to counteract damage and act as your new daily indulgence.

 

BABY ANGEL

Turning heads has never been easier…

Baby Angel Kit

Curated For: 

Fine, damaged or colour-treated hair in need of a little salvation.

What’s Included:

ANGEL.WASH – Transform, fine fragile hair by adding body and bounce.

ANGEL.RINSE – Nourish strands and treat damage with this weightless antioxidant-rich formula.

STAYING.ALIVE – Prevent moisture loss with this leave-in treatment smooth and repair.

 

BLUSHING BEDROOM

We’ve got three surefire ways to make anyone blush…

Blushing Bedroom Kit

Curated For: 

Anyone looking to plump things up in all the right places.

What’s Included:

PLUMPING.WASH – Build strength and add density while revitalising the scalp.

PLUMPING.RINSE – Condition strands, add volume and restore ageing hair.

BEDROOM.HAIR – Get the ultimate lived-in look with this lightweight texturising finishing spray.

 

FRESH BLONDE

Live your best blonde life…

Fresh Blonde Kit

Curated for: 

Refreshing blonde or banishing brass from lightened hair or naturally grey tones.

What’s Included:

BLONDE.ANGEL.WASH – Lavender-hued shampoo to revive colour and counteract unwanted tones.

BLONDE.ANGEL – A treatment designed to restore colour and revitalise hair to its optimum lustre.

FRESH.HAIR – Extend the life of your style and boost texture with this cult-favourite dry shampoo.

 

TAKE AWAY

Rid hair woes on the go…

Take Away Kit

Curated For:

Hair in need of renewal and repair, and clients in need of a little getaway.

What’s Included:

REPAIR-ME.WASH – Reconstruct dry, damaged strands and revamp frizzy, over-processed hair.

REPAIR-ME.RINSE – Deeply nourish and strengthen with Shea Butter and Pineapple Enzymes.

COSMETIC TRAVEL BAG

Introducing: EVER.SMOOTH – A Heat-Activated Style Extender

INTRODUCING: EVER.SMOOTH – A HEAT-ACTIVATED STYLE EXTENDER

by Lori B.


The return of sleek styles was all over the runways this year. Models strutted down the catwalk with perfectly posh blowouts, brushed out waves, embellished braids, and swept-back upstyles. No matter the finish – straight, wavy, or curly – they all had one thing in common: they appeared smooth, shiny, and healthy! When it comes to recreating this look, it is all about the prep work that goes into the hair. To get the desired finish, our latest release – EVER.SMOOTH – is the styler you’ve been waiting for.

A product that treats as it protects, EVER.SMOOTH is formulated with long chain polymers to lock in moisture, shine, and the structure of your style. Apart from creating a beautiful, long-lasting look, EVER.SMOOTH addresses split ends and damaged cuticles with a network of protection that lasts well into your next wash. Whether your concern is frizz from environmental factors, damage from blow dryers, wands or flat irons, you’re sure to fall in love with this latest release – especially the aroma!

HOW EVER.SMOOTH WORKS
When heated, long chain polymers are activated to form a durable network of protection around the hair. Therefore creating a hydrophobic shield, which also contributes to the hold and condition of the hair. This technology is derived from skincare and allows the product to remain lightweight without compromising its effectiveness. The result is a frizz-free, silky smooth texture without the feeling of residue on the hair. Ultimately leading to a long-lasting style.

KEY INGREDIENTS
Long Chain Polymers
Heat-activated polymers self organise on the hair shaft to create a layer of protection by forming an invisible hydrophobic shield. Their effectiveness lies in the ability to lock in condition while protecting your finished style from environmental elements, such as humidity.

Wood Bark Complex
With a high level of antioxidants, Blue Cypress, White Cypress and Lemon Aspen act much like AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) to condition both the skin and hair. Gently protecting the hair, water-soluble Phyto-acids work to create resilience – further prolonging the life of your style from frizz.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

From the ingredients selected to the packaging used, EVER.SMOOTH is in line with our sustainable practices – using Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) bottles and containing ingredients that were sustainably harvested and support community-led change.

“I look to ingredients that not only protect, condition, and smooth the hair, but they also need to be sustainably harvested and support community-led change. Our Wood Bark Complex derived from Indigenous Australian plants do just that. Blue Cypress, White Cypress and Lemon Aspen have been specifically chosen due to their high content of antioxidants that actually behave like an Alpha Hydroxy Acid for skin and hair conditioning.”- Kevin Murphy

Due to its lightweight formula and groundbreaking innovation, EVER.SMOOTH is suitable for all hair types – soft, fine, frizzy, flat or textured. During styling, it protects against cuticle damage. Further treating and improving the hair while cutting down on drying time and extending the life of your style.

Kevin Murphy 2019 Holiday Kits

We are SUPER excited to have the Kevin Murphy Holiday 2019 Kits in stock at Salon Khouri and they are already FLYING off the shelves – be sure to stop by soon or call us at 703.273.7878 and we can put a kit (or two or three!) aside for you! These make EXCELLENT gifts as they are already packaged in adorable gift boxes. Just add a bow and DONE!

For the thirsty person in your life:

Kevin Murphy Sweet Hydration Holiday Pack

SWEET HYDRATION

What’s included: 

HYDRATE-ME.WASH 250ML

HYDRATE-ME.RINSE 250ML

UN.TANGLED 150ML

Why they will love it: Our best-selling wash and rinse pairs up with our ultra-versatile celeb fave (Cindy Crawford’s a fan) UN.TANGLED.

 

For those who have fallen flat this holiday season:

Kevin Murphy Speaking Volumes Holiday Pack

SPEAKING VOLUMES*

What’s included: 

ANGEL.WASH 250ML

ANGEL.RINSE 250ML

SESSION.SPRAY/SESSION.SPRAY FLEX 100ML

Why they will love it: This lock-lifting trio delivers instantly plumper hair. The purse-size spray is perfect for touch-ups between holiday parties.

 

For the friend who likes to mix things up:

Kevin Murphy Fresh Mix Holiday Pack

FRESH MIX

What’s included: 

STIMULATE.ME WASH 250ML

STIMULATE.ME RINSE 250ML

ROUGH.RIDER 30G

FREE.HOLD 30G

Why they will love it: Suitable for men and women, this pack addresses the needs of all short hairstyles and keeps things interesting in the texture department.

 

For the blondes:

Kevin Murphy Everything Blonde Holiday Pack

EVERYTHING BLONDE

What’s included: 

BLONDE.ANGEL WASH 250ML

CRYSTAL.ANGEL 250ML

SHIMMER.ME BLONDE 100ML

Why they will love it: Give the BLONDE.ANGEL lover in your life the gift of lip-gloss like shine and shimmering colour with CRYSTAL.ANGEL and SHIMMER.ME BLONDE.

 

For bright and shiny object seekers: 

Kevin Murphy Shimmer Time Holiday Pack

SHIMMER TIME

What’s included: 

REPAIR-ME.WASH 250ML

REPAIR-ME.RINSE 250ML

SHIMMER.SHINE 100ML

Why they will love it: The holidays can be a trying time for everyone, including your hair. This restorative trio revives dull, lackluster strands for an instantly more refreshed ‘doo.

 

For those who need to smooth things over:

Kevin Murphy Smooth It All Over Holiday Pack

SMOOTH IT ALL OVER

What’s included: 

SMOOTH.AGAIN WASH 250ML

SMOOTH.AGAIN RINSE 250ML

LIMITED EDITION SMOOTH.AGAIN HAND LOTION 100ML

Why they will love it: Smooth and soothe from roots to fingertips with this sure to be fan-favourite.

March Madness – promotions that are all about saving you some green!

This March, we have some promotions that will save you some green! (Get it? March … green … St. Patty’s day). Ok, we promise to stick to helping you love your hair and skin and we’ll back off the puns!

At our Dulles location, we are offering a Collagen Rehab infusing face and lip treatment FREE with any facial for $85. Our Collagen Rehab facial rehabilitates aging, lines and exhausted skin, leaving you looking fresh and years younger. And, pick up a bottle of our Collagen Rehab at-home treatment and receive a $5 credit toward your purchase when you’ve booked any facial.

Fridays in March at our Fairfax location are fantastic! We are offering a FREE Kevin Murphy Masque Treatment with any service on Fridays at our Fairfax location this March!

And, on our product front, we have some AMAZING deals … while supplies last, of course! And, on St. Patrick’s Day, purchase any product with green on the packaging (excluding our promotional kits below) and take 17% off that product!

 

 

Buy one – get one free. Buy a litre or our ELEVEN Keep My Colour Blonde Shampoo and receive a FREE litre of Keep My Colour Blonde Treatment. Your cost $56.

Hydrate Bestie Kit – $29 (savings of $11)